Pro-Life Group Says Catholic Bishops’ Official Had Post in Pro-Abortion Group

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Says Catholic Bishops’ Official Had Post in Pro-Abortion Group

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 1
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life organization contends a top official at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pulled double duty with a leadership role in a group that promotes abortion. The American Life League charges concern John Carr, of the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

The pro-life group says Carr held simultaneous leadership roles, creating a conflict of interest, with the USCCB and the Center for Community Change, which supports abortion.

"The closer we look at the Bishops’ Conference [staff and programs], the more we find a systemic pattern of cooperation with evil," said Michael Hichborn, American Life League’s lead researcher. "The CCC has lodged itself into the highest places of power in the USCCB while working to promote abortion."

Carr is the USCCB executive director of the Department of Justice Peace and Human Development which oversees the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). He has been employed by the USCCB since 1987.

Hichborn says Carr’s relationship with the Center for Community Change goes back at least to 1983, serving in leadership roles from 1999 to 2006 including a stint as the chairman of the board.

The group says in 2001, when Carr was both the a USCCB staffer and a CCC leader, the USCCB sent $150,000 to the pro-abortion group. The USCCB web site currently promotes the group and officials have spoken at CCC events, ALL maintains.

"Strangely, Carr’s leadership on the CCC’s board shows up on several bios he’s submitted for speaking engagements, but the word for word bio on the USCCB web site mysteriously omits that one detail," Hichborn said. "Why?"

Catholic writer Deal Hudson says the information on the link between Carr and the pro-abortion group is "disturbing."

"Given the evidence … the USCCB will have to sever its ties to the Center for Community Change and look more closely at the 31 organizations aligned with them that are funded by the CCHD," he says.

"The participation of John Carr on the board and executive committee of the CCC for 7 years, followed by his associate director, shows that the USCCB can no longer pretend to be surprised by the evidence of pro-abortion … advocacy by CCHD-funded organizations," he continues. "If the USCCB tries to dismiss and whitewash these findings, the consequences will be grave." has asked the USCCB to respond to the ALL charges and has yet to receive a response.

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